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Good news for Vanguard !
Vanguard is fixed for the most part, even last year I could play it well on my laptop, with very few problems. To this day EQ2 can give me problems because of its coding, even on my powerful home pc.
Comparing graphics between EQ2 and Vanguard, I would say they are close, even to the point you could call Vanguard EQ3, they are that close. HOWEVER Vanugard draw distance is way better, as you can see in the distance to an amazing degree. Also with Vanguard has more vibrant trees and grass. But the draw back of both EQ2 and Vanguard is that shore lines are liner and squared off ( looks like their with a straight edge ). Rocks seem as if they float above the ground at times, and some buildings don't quit look 3D. But Vanguard plays better, and don't let anyone tell you different.
The learning curve, and getting around the world EQ2 is much harder than Vanguard for the new player. It's an older game I'll give them that, but their is not a game manual, web site or message board that will help you with the questions you would need to know to play EQ2, so you have to rely on the in game chat. Now this can be hard, as the community is tired of helping the new player in this game, because most new players don't stay and the community seemed to have given up helping the new player. Guilds will let you in but your still on your own. They will answer some of your questions but don't as too many. The Vanguard community can be somewhat the same, but not as bad. BUT Vanguard has a much much easer learning curve, so if you have MMO experience you can figure things out easily. And getting around is a snap.
I only have two complaints with Vanguard, and in a way they are the same :
Low populations, and quest after level 20 turn out to be group quest ( made to play with 3 or more players ) yet the world is very low populated for this. Their are solo quest, but the by far better ones are group. You would find that their are lots to do in the world, and you would find a lot of caves, keeps, even holes in the ground, but these require groups, and you find your self doing the kill 10 rats quest, with no one else around. Something that really blows my mind is that no one ever brings this point up on the Vanguard forums, as everyone new in game was constantly complaining about the group quest.
WHATS THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT VANGUARD ?
Server merge July 7th..........This will increase the population, and in turn will draw many new and old players back. Add to the fact that their is nothing else in the short term future. So July 7th should be a good time to play.
So I'll see a lot of you in Vanguard on July 7th